Wednesday, December 29, 2010

And the Winners were:National Book ,Pulitzer Prize and Orange Award Winners

Here are the 2010 winners of:

National Book Awards:


Fiction: "Lord Of Misrule" Jaimy Gordon

Nonfiction:"Just Kids" by Patti Smith

Fiction YA: "Mockingbird"by Kathryn Erskine

Poetry:"Lighthead" by Terrence Hayes

Pulitzer Prize:


Fiction:"Tinkers" by Paul Harding

Nonfiction:"The Deadhand:The Untold Story of the Cold Arms Race" by David E.Hoffman

Poetry: "Versed' by Rae Armantrout

Orange Awards:
"The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver
"The Boy Next Door" by Irene Sabatina (New Writer)

For more info about these awards :
National Book Awards
Pulitzer Prize
Orange Awards


Here's another challenge you may like:2nds Challenge


Good morning folks I couldn't resist this challenge because I feel a compulsive need to compare
an authors previous work to the current book.  However I am going for "Just a spoonful" which is
3 books and I should be able to fit this in with the rest of the challenges this year I really feel this will
get me to read more of the books I really enjoy this year(world literature,urban christian,mysteries
a little less suspense this year well maybe).  Stay tuned I am going to post Some books that won the National book awards,Pulitzer prizes and The Orange Awards

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler

Christmas at The Mysterious BookshopThe Mysterious Bookshop is considered the oldest and largest bookshop dedicated to mysteries.  Otto Penzler,founder and owner, started collecting books when he was in his 20's ,while working
as a copy boy at the Daily News.Out of the $37 dollars a week he would set aside $5 dollars for books.
(I applaud you I don't think I could set aside 10-12% of my income on books!)  In addiction to the book, he
publishes about 6 mysteries a year under Otto Penzler Books(an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)  he has
won 2 Edgar Awards one for "Encyclopedia of Mystery &Detection" which he edited with Chris Steinbrunner,
in 1977 and this past April for "The Lineup:The World's Greatest Crime Writers tell The Inside Story of their Greatest Detectives."  So even though he had to sell 2500 out of the 58,000 books first edition books that he owns,I still say he's doing pretty darn good for someone who spent part of his childhood without a tv!
I thought this book was a bit pretentious, at first ,however once I got a chance to delve into a bit more I
was pleasantly surprised by a few of the stories .   I really enjoyed Lawrence Block's"As Dark as Christmas Gets'  I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars.
FTC Disclosure:I would like to thank the Perseus Book Group for allowing me the chance to review this book,no I dont get paid but I am Amazon Associate.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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holiday schedule to post here.  A few things:

Grab my button out of the sidebar

I forgot to mention if you won any awards, or would like to mention something going on in
your local area as well as long as it's book related that's fine

Have fun!

Book Review:My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy was born October 26,1945 in Atlanta,Georgia to an air fighter pilot and
a southern beauty whose embarrassment over not finishing college would become the driving need
for her to encourage her kids to read and  for herself to"outread her generation".  His first book"The Boo"
while attending Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.  Mr. Conroy decided to write
from a more personal experience with the publication of "The Great Santini"  which was based upon the
abuse that he suffered at the hands of his father while growing up.  Pat Conroy paid the ultimate sacrifice
as a writer, while receiving alot of accolades in the literary world, it would cost him his first marriage and
possibly that of his parents. There are relatives that ,to this day, won't speak to him because of this book,but
he did what any writer would do , they press forward.  The Lord's of Discipline was published in 1980,Prince of
Tides was published in 1986 with 5 million copies in print(Nick Nolte would go on to win an Oscar for his
leading role in the movie),Beach Music was published in 1995,along with My Losing Season.  Fast forward
to today with My Reading Life ,an collection of essays that pay tribute to the teachers, writers, publishers etc..
that have heavily influenced his career.  While I thought it was an honorable thing to do ,unless you are
a huge Pat Conroy fan and would like to learn more about his writing process I am not sure if I would highly
recommend getting it .I gave it 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5.  Ftc Disclosure:  I would like to thank Doubleday for
allowing me the opportunity to review this book.  I don't receive money from them ,I am an Amazon Associate.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Book Review:Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer fans can rejoice.  This book is the perfect follow up to "Battlefield of the Mind" but  if you haven't read it you can still benefit  from reading this because:
Part I of the book lays down the foundation for why it would benefit you to change your negative thinking
she gives concrete facts in conjunction with scripture.   Chapter 2 Teach your mind to work for you, she introduces the concept of  having more control over your thoughts . For example:"According to the world renowned Mayo Clinic, thinking positively may result in the following health benefits:


  • Decreased negative stress
  • Greater resistance to catching the common cold
  • A sense of well being and improved health
  • reduced risk of coronary artery disease
  • Easier breathing if you have certain lung diseases such as emphysema
    • Improved coping  ability for women with high risk pregnancies
    • Better coping skills during hardships.
Chapter 3  More Power to You
page 46"....The greatest weapon you and I have is the truth of God's Word.IICor10:5 says we must lead
every thought captive into the obedience of Christ."

Chapter 4 On Purpose Thinking
page 62
"Let me be quick to say that you should not fell condemned if you are struggling with your thought lif right now or if you face struggles in the days to come.Condemnation only weakens you, and it never helps to make progress.

The remainder of the book is  illustrating each of  the 12 thoughts (based on the Word of God ) that will
have a positive impact  on your life.  Also I noticed there are more fill in the blank type questions in each
section so I think this is a good  idea .  You have an option of either taking 1 thought per week or 1 thought
per month.   The only reason I haven't completed the book is because I want to slow down and focus on
1 thought per month but that 's my preference.  I would highly recommend this book I am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.  I would also like to take this time to thank Faith Words which is a branch of the The Hatchett Book Group and no I don't receive any  money to write these reviews

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Link ups :Book Blog News,Postal Thursdays and Chrissie's Radiant Reviews-

OnePageAtATime

Book Blogger Hop

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If you would like to post links back to your book blog,book review,giveaways etc.... see the post below this one.
I believe the question over at Crazy-For-books is Which is more important plot or character?(I will go back and check and edit accordingly)   For me I feel character development ,especially for a work of fiction is crucial .It is the one determing  factor of whether I will actually finish the book.  I use to feel obligated to "tough it out" and read  on anyway.  But since I started blogging last year and have been blessed to read so
many good books in various genres, I really don't have the patience for character that is poorly developed .
A good example was "Alibi" by Terri Woods. For some reason the author felt the need  to go back and look
at the main character's mother's life but not  the main character!  She literally skipped birth,childhood,the
teenage years and went right into her adult life as a stripper!  Since I had no reason to feel any empathy for
this character.(and the plot wasn't great either) I didn't feel compelled to traumitize myself any further by
finishing the book.    If it's a mystery ,then I place a bit more weight on the plot.  Not to say characters aren't important it's just that the plot has to be at a different pace.  "In Free Fall" by Julie Zeh was one of the few
books that was a mystery that read like a novel(Use of imagery, better dialouge etc...)So what do you guys think?  Is it possible for a mystery to have both?  If plot is more important  does it matter what genre
Christmas at The Mysterious BookshopThis was the my book choice for "Postal Thursdays" over at One Page at a Time.  I  haven't gotten past the second story only because I wanted to catch up my other book reviews that I feel obligated to do first.    When my other books get in from Amazon I will definitely let you guys know.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good afternoon fellow addicts if you are looking for the place to link up your book blog, book reviews,giveaways,challenges, memes, then this the place.  Just a few things

1.Grab my button on the sidebar

2.  a worded link such as www.bookaddict4real.com is fine

3.  If you would like to list the genres you review this is ok also .  As long as it's book related and
family friendly then it's ok

Friday, December 10, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good Morning fellow addicts ! It's that time of the week again to share what's going on at your neck
of the  bloggy woods.  If you have a giveaway, a meme that you participate in , a fun challenge you found,
as long as it's book related you may post    Just a few things:

1. Grab my button from the sidebar.

2. a worded link in the post is acceptable(I.e www.bookaddict4real.com)

3.  I didn't think I had to say this but if it isn't book related I will be forced to delete it .  Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment so I can stop by your blog.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Link Ups:Book Blog News,Crazy-for-Books,The Literary hop, and Chrissie's Radiant Reviews

Book Blogger Hop

Literary Blog Hop



Good morning fellow book lovers!Don't forget to post links to your Book blog, giveaways,memes, etc....in the
post below this one.(Book Blog News)

The Question over at Crazy-for-Books.com is "What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere
did you not enjoy and how did  you feel about posting your  review?
I couldn't think of any books at first then "Alibi" by Terri Woods I was sorely disappointed that the author
was relying on violence and sex to sell the book.   The main character is a stripper who helps give an alibi to
a thug who murdered someone, which was a great premise but we spent more  time on her antics as a stripper than the actual storyline.  I felt a little  hesitant at first to post my review because this author has sold
alot of these types of books and I was still in that"I -dont-want-to-offend anyone-stage"  Then I thought  about how I would hate it if someone actual bought that book and I was not completely honest so I went ahead with the review.(Don't even bother checking this book out from the library it's horrible).

The Question over at the Literary Hop was:"What is your favorite poem and why?" One of my favorites is
"Phenomenal Woman"  by Maya Angelou probably because it was the first time I saw a literary work that actually celebrated being a woman (Im sure at the time I needed to hear that) and being confident in that fact.  

My book review:"Running the Books"by Avi Steinberg.  A few weeks ago we were discussing Literary Non-fiction for me this book definitely fit the category. It's a memoir that reads like a novel, with characters who are well devoloped.(I know these are real people , but  I can't tell yu how many memoirs I have read that didn't give me much background info about the other people in their lives) and I found the imagery to be a cruical part of the storytelling.  Does every memoir have to have that ? No ,but that is one of the factors that determine if it's a literary nonfiction  versus everyone else.  I think when your an everyday person writing about your life you have to do something to make people read about your life because not everyone can rely on their celebrity status to sell the book.  Why else would I care about some Boston Globe writer who decided to take a job as a Prison Library  because they had benefits?  He wrote it in such a way that I felt like I had no choice but to care about what happened to him and inmates and isn't that what a good writer is supposed todo?  I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.FTC Disclosure: I would like to take the time to thank Doubleday publishing  for allowing me an opportunity to review this book.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good afternoon fellow addicts I apologize for being late I am  running errands and this. So welcome and I would
like to thank everybody that took time out of their busy week to link up here I do appreciate it.
I only ask for a few things:

1.Grab my button in the sidebar.

2.  A worded link in your post is ok (I know how crowded things get )

3.I have a lot of space for you guys to tell us what's going on at your blog so please feel free to put
genres you review, your latest book review, book challenge you may do next year anything book related as
long as it's family friendly I am open(just don't post more than once because I will be forced to delete it)
Have fun

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And the winner is Sapphire Reads and Debbie(running the Books) and New Contest

Congradulations Debbie and Sapphire please email me your address to clsherrard.bookaddict@gmail.comMy Reading Life I am giving away 2 copies of this book the following rules apply:

1 .You must be a follower of the  blog to win a copy.

2. U.S residents only.

3.  Leave a good email address in  the comment section of this post so I can reach you faster.
Don't forget you only have 48 hours to respond( or I pick someone else from this comment section)
Thanks for playing!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How sweet Thanks Carolina(Writin block)

Thanks Carolina fromWrite with me was so kind to give me this award make sure you check her blog out.
Even thought I've won this before it still feels good to get it .  I believe I am suppose to mention 7 things about 
myself and give this to 15 people.   I will try to give this award to 15 people I haven't given this ,too.   Since I want time to think about who that should be I will come back and add their links to this post .(So don't be surprised if the list has grown).  I am a pretty transparent  person (On my other blog ) so it shouldn't be hard to think of   7 things you don't know about me.  For example:

1.  I use to love watching Speed Racer as a kid.

2.I have learned to cook Asian food because I think the Chinese buffets by my house are terrible!

3.One of my favorite books as a kid was Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass it's the only book I've read more than once.

4.I am happily  addicted to coffee.

5.  A Good day for me involves reading, and art journaling ( or scrapbooking)

6.I have lived in San Diego for a total of 8 years.

7.My favorite books are "House on Mango Street","The Bell Jar", and "The Bluest Eye"

The Versatile Award  goes to:




Don't forget to check out my guest post below this one!

Monday, November 29, 2010

First Ever Guest Post:Richard Sanders Author of "The Seventh Compass of Death"

How I kicked Drugs by writing by Ricard Sanders

    People who know me know my consumption of chemicals was pretty robust at one time.
Shooting crystal meth(1 1/2 years),dropping acid(200+times),smoking pot(daily,for years),
drinking alcohol(daily, for many ,many years)I had a nice mind-mess going ,and despite a little time in jail for the
sale of some of the above named substances,I had no intention of stopping.

    At one point during these early  years I decided I wanted to direct movies and videos, so I went to NYU
Film School. One of the mandatory courses  was Screenwriting 101.  I begged to get out of it-I had no talent
for telling stories-but mandatory is mandatory.  If you write, especially if you write fiction, you probably know
what happened the first time I tried to create something.  Even if you just read fiction, you know what I experienced
a kind of mesmerizing dream state, a kind of alchemical, mind-melting trance.  The blogger Laurel Marchfield
has a good post on writing as entrancement.   and I think entrancement is a good word for describing what
happens .  Even if you write non-fiction,when you're deeply into a text, you feel as if your head is turning butter,like it did when a story was read to you as a child.  In other words, I was getting high on writing.   Just like I'd get high on drugs.  In terms of finding  that entranced , lightly hypnotic,taken-away feeling,the writing high and the drug high have alot in common.

   Right away this presented a problem. I liked the writing high,I liked the drug high.  Trouble was , I couldn't do both at the same time.  The writing high is a controlled state.  The drug high is an uncontrolled state.  Whenever I tried to write when I was stoned I'd get a serious case of entrancement clash.
  So I had to decide between the two.  The choice might sound ridiculous now, but it was soul-searchingly serious at the time.  Eventually I went with writing it was free, it was legal, and you didn't have to carry a gun to cop it.  I think I reached the right decision.  Once I made up my mind,I never did drugs again.  I loved writing too much to let any bizarre drug static interfere.  alot of times in recovery they tell you to get addicted to something that won't kill you.  For me it was writing.  Not only did the word-high get me clean, in time it gave me the tools I needed to make a living as a magazine writer and editor.

   The alcohol?  That took a lot longer to kick.  The entrancement level of booze is nowhere near as powerful as the drugs, so there was no competition with the writing.  I had to use rehab and 12 steps to find my freedom.  But that's adifferent story, a different drug.  Still, I think my battle with the bottle was helped by my fight with the needle.  I'd chosen writing , and I'd  saved my life.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Crazy-For-books and Book blog news

Good morning fellow addicts I am still recovering from all that ham, Key lime pie etc...
If you are looking to post a link to your book blog, reviews,memes,giveaways, challenges then check out the post below this one(Book blog news) it's your opportunity tell us what's going on at your blog.

The question over at Crazy for books hop is what is your favorite book cover I was visiting other blogs to see if there was something I liked since I haven't had my morning coffee it's taking me alot longer  to make a decision so I'll just put atleast 3 of my favoritesGirl in TranslationShanghai Girls: A NovelThree Little Words: A Memoir
I have "Shangai Girls" I haven't got a chance to read it yet I am trying to catch up some reviews but the other two may be apart of the Outdo yourself challenge , of course I haven't decided yet.

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good morning  and happy holidays my fellow book addicts if you are looking to post links back to your blog,book reviews, giveaaways, memes, challenges etc... you are at the right place.  A few things

1. Grab my button in the side bar or this post.

2,  A worded link in your post is fine ( i.e. www.bookaddict4real.com)

3 .  As long as it's family  friendly  and book related you may post ( and you may include the types of books you review for example www.bookaddict4real(Adult lit, Christian and mysteries)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Contest Giveaway 2 copies of "Running the Books" by Avi Steinberg

Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison LibrarianI did not forget I just got through putting my stuffing in the crock pot .

without further babbling.

1.You must be a follower of this blog to win a copy.

2.U. S residents only.

3.Please leave  an email in  the comment section of this post so I can speed up the process also let me know how you found out about the contest(I. e Book blogs ning, good reads, crazy- for -books etc....)

This book is also linked to www.sapphirereads.blogspot.comOnePageAtATime andwww.busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com Photobucket  andwww.iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com

For Postal Thursdays I did get "Running the Books " in the book to be reviewed  this fits under the literary nonfiction we talked about last week at the Literary Hop( which I will be taking part in next week )

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Velocity by Alan Jacobson

Velocity (Karen Vail)For those of you that are n't familiar with Alan Jacobson, this is a Karen Vail  novel so this is a part of a series.  The first thing that came to mind was Maggie O'Dell character(Alex Kava's character from Damaged),but trust me when I tell you the only similarity is that they are both female and work for the FBI!  Karen Vail's character is definitely tougher  with more "grit" if you will.Her boyfriend Robby Hernandez has been kindapped.Girfriend must be in love or sprung because  she had no problem going toe to toe with her boss so she could stay on the case.(Dont't worry ladies she quickly realized her bills wouldn't get paid without
a job and allowed herself to be put on another case.)Meanwhile, the Crush Killer a.k.a John Mayfield has
been caught but was shot while in custody by Detective Ray Lugo and had be put in a coma by the doctors.
Detective Lugo was killed by one of the ricochet bullets.His wife ,Merilynn Lugo won't say anything until she
is placed into the Federal Witness Protection.,which begs the question what was Ray doing that his family would feel the need to get protection?There isn't alot of time for our friend Robby. In the bed and breakfast he was last seen they've already found blood that may be his ,so there just isn't alot of time.Is their a connection between him and John Mayfield?  My overall impression: I was glad the author didn't assume that
I was familiar with this series and gave me enough details so I wouldn't feel totally lost.  I'm not super sure if I
was convinced that Karen Vail had been kidnapped because she didn't appear to have symptoms that people with PTSD  would normally have but  I did feel empathetic enough to keep reading.I felt the author's writing style was straight forward lace with a subtle kind of humor I gave this book 4 and a 1/2 stars out of 5 .
I would also like to thank Julie H. at Fsb media for giving me an opportunity to review this book and here's
a link to the author's website.www.AlanJacobson.com

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

Could a well respected man, a lawyer with a wife and child literally get up one day and walk away?The Unnamed      tLiterary Blog HopI don't mean a  baby-I-found-someone else type of walking away . Could he have a "disease"
that would force him to walk against his will? Could he have this condition that doctors can't even explain?One that's not a mental issue?  Ok that last question was a bit of a stretch but go with me here.  On the surface of the story it seems plausible ....at first.,but it's the wife's reaction  to the situation ,the willingness to pick him up at all hours of the night,the moments of debating on whether or not to stay or get out while she can,it's all these things that pull you in and convince you that it's really happening.By the time I am thoroughly convinced it is some illness I've never heard of before  the story takes a turn  in the last 1/4 of the book.That
and the indeterminate ending left me etertained but a little unsatisfied.  The writer's style is rhythmic,engaging,and  thought provoking.  I would have no problem giving this book 4out of 5 stars.
I would like to thank the Hatchette Book Group for allowing me the opportunity to review the book and no I
don't get money to do so .  If you are coming from Chrissie's corner or the Literary Hop then Hello and please leave a comment so I can visit you today.

The question from the Literary Hop was "Can a nonfiction work be literary? If so how do you define it?
Funny that they asked this question because the book I am currently reading"Running the Books"by Avi Steinberg this definitely fits the category.    It's a memoir he started out writing features for the Boston Globe,
then writing obituaries and eventually a prison librarian(which ironically had better benefits!).  He has a good use of imagery that you would normally find in a work of fiction and for me that is what would make it literary.
(You can post links to your book blog,review, memes etcc. in the post below this one.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Blog News:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc right here

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Hello fellow book addicts! If you are looking to post links to your blog,giveaways,book reviews,memes,etc..
Then look no further!
A few things:

a)Grab my button in the sidebar.

b) A worded link in your post is acceptable as well(I.e. www.bookaddict4real.com)

c)Have fun!

Totally Postal Thursdays Drown by Junot Diaz

DrownI go this little beauty in the mail just the other day from Amazon.  So now I forgive them for
messing up the order in the first place.    I was going to include this in the Orbus Terrarum Challenge  but it's probably too late, so I may roll it over to a TBR Challenge in 2011.It's killing me not to read it.... well I did
read a few pages and I had to really stop myself because I still go some books to review but yeah me I finally got it!  I will post the Contest on Wed 11/24/10 and the deadline won't be until Nov 30th since people ,like
me will be overeating next week ,I decided to allow for extra time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

And the winners are Janet and Stephanie

Congradulations you won a copy of "Power Thoughts" by Joyce Meyer
Please email me at clsherrard(dot)bookaddict(at)gmail(dot)com
with your address(no PO boxes) within the next 48 hours

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Winner for Velocity

I haven't heard from my contest winner so I had to pull another winner
nfmgirl you won please contact me clsherrard(dot)bookaddict(at)gmail(dot)com.
You only have 48 hours to respond thanks for your cooperation

Friday, November 12, 2010

Crazy-for-books and The Literary Hop

Dont forget you can post links to your book blog,reviews, giveaways,etc...In the post below this one
I am giving away  2 copies of "Power Thoughts" by Joyce Meyer (2 post down) and the Review for "Miles From Nowhere" by Nami Mun is below that .   Geez  Louise I need to organize my time!
WithBook Blogger Hopout further babbling:
It's that time of the week again and this week's question comes from The Paperback Princess  "If you find a book that is interesting but is a part of a series , do you always start with the first title?"  Back in the day when the Bookmobile use to come to my elementary school I use to read everything in the Nancy Drew series or the Beverly Cleary  books about Ramona .(I realize I give away my age when I write things like this!)
I tried to follow along with "The Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket when my oldest was in like the 6th or 7th grade but what I 've come to realize that unless it's James Patterson's books or Alan Jacobson
where they can stand alone  I really suck at keeping up with any series. I don't know maybe it's an adult form of adhd
Literary Blog Hop  I just found this hop recently This week's question comes from Debbie Nance at Readerbuzz "What is the most difficult literary work you've ever read?What made it so difficult"  The most difficult one for me was "Song Of Solomon" by Toni Morrison. I already read "The Bluest Eye" and "Sula" so I thought this would be a cake walk.(NOt!)  If you didn't really slow down and pay attention to the details you would not understand the train of thought the book was going in.  So I turned that bad boy back to the library quick,fast and in a hurry!  Later I rechecked it out and took my time with it and it turned out to be a good decision.   If you check out my posts this week I linked back to other memes it's just
that I really detest long posts and this is dangerously close to being one of them . Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Hello fellow book lovers! If you 're looking  to post links to your book blog,book reviews,memes, giveaways
or other book related news then you have come to the right place.
Remember:

Grab my button

A worded link is acceptable( I.e www.bookaddict4real.com)

Have fun!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Winner of Velocity ,New Contest and Postal Thursday

congradulations Grig you won the book Please email me at clsherrard(dot)bookaddict(at)gmail(dot)com
I tried to reach you on your email but please contact me within 48 hours.

New Contest: 2 copies of "Power Thoughts"by Joyce Meyer
the rules:
1. You must be a follower of this blog.
2. Open to U.S and Canada residents
3.  Please leave your email address in the comment section of this post so I can reach you quicker
and let me know how you found out about the contest (ie Twitter, Good Reads,etc...)

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Don't forget to stop bywww.sapphirereads.blogspot.com tommrow for Postal Thursdays.   Every week
we talk about what we got in the mail , I got "Power Thoughts " by Joyce Meyer which is the follow up
to "Battlefield of the Mind"   .  Stop by tommrow night  to link up your book blog,book reviews,memes etc...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Book review:Miles from No Where(orbus terrarum challenge)

Miles from Nowhere  Synopsis:Rather than face the aftermath of her parent's divorce and her mother's fragile mental state  ,Joon, decides to face life on the mean streets of the Bronx,Ny.Even in the 1980's this proves
to be a  near fatal mistake.  Among the many accolades this book received ,it was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers in April 2009.

About the Orange Award:The Orange Award was started by a committee of men and women in the publishing industry that wanted to bring attention to women writers who were often overlooked.  Four original
committe members are still deeply involved,Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction Project Director Harriet
Hastings,publisher Susan Sandon,agent Jane Gregory ,Honary Director and author Kate Mosse.  The first prize was awarded to Helen Dunmore for "A spell of Winter".  Diana Evans was awarded the first Orange Award for New Writers in 2005.

My overall impression:  I loved  every second of reading this book!  It has the amount of imagery I crave and
a very good use of plot (which I've noticed you don't always get both)Ms.Mun's style was prose like,fresh and intoxicating. I would definitely recommend this book I  would give it more than 5 stars but 5 is the most 
I give anyone.  Since the author was born in Korea this counts for my orbus terrarum challenge. I am linking up this review with www.chrissiescorner.co.uk(Radiant Reviews on Friday) and www.thebluebookcase.blogspot.com for the Literary Hop this weekend.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

No rules Saturday blog hop

 Literary Blog Hop
I found this hop over at Book blog ning  it sounds interesting . My answer for the question over at the blue bookcase(You can click the buttons to visit them)  "What makes a book literary?   For me a book has to have a strong use of imagery and good use of plot.  For example "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison,The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisnernos and my new favorite "Miles from Nowhere" by Nami Mun
which won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2009.(I will have the review for this next week).Another quality which I think is important but not mandatory is that after reading it you are forced to think differently
about not only the characters but ,at the risk of sounding really corny here,life itself.If anyone is stopping by from either of these hops leave a comment and I will stop by to visit you! Until we meet again .
cheryl aka bookaddict4real

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Link ups;Radiant Reviews,Crazy-for-books and Postal Thursdays

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Don't forget to post links to your book blog,book reviews,memes,giveaways,etc...in the post below!
 


I feel like I am trying to make up for lost time!  Chrissie's Blog she has a weekly meme called Radiant Reviews which I enjoy because it's trying to promote the Book Reviews we do which sometimes get overlooked.  One of my favorite reviews I did was the "The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz.  He won the Pulizter Prize for this book in 2008 I believe.  His characters resonated with me deeply  long after I finished the book I also felt like I learned alot  about the Dominican Republic which is a bonus.I would highly recommend this book.(For the full review of this book see the Dec 21 2009 post)  Now on to Crazy-For-Books  I believe the question was how do you feel when you lose a follower?   I am going to be totally transparent here the first time it happened it bothered me alot!  I had just posted a review on a Christian book and that same day I lost a follower!  I am not going
to stop being a Christian just to get followers,but I was concerned that I had offended someone.  I actually
gained 4 or 5 followers  a few days later so I could laugh at it later!  The important thing is to post  reviews of books that I enjoy first and foremost ,if someone happens to like the types of books I review then great,but if
they don't .... to each his own I guess.  I become more concerned with trying to please myself(at the risk of sounding selfish). I cant please everyone because then  it becomes loathsome and it's just not as much fun.  Let's face it why in the world would I do this for free if I didn't just absolutely love it?

On Saphires's blog is a weekly meme called Postal Thursdays where we discuss what we got in the mailbox this week  I just recently got a  copy of "The Truth abou Delilah Blue" By Trish Cohen which I had been fiending for  and "Shangai Girls" by Lisa See. (Thanks Amazon)    I don't  know which one I will review first but once I get unpacked all the way I  can then  better organize my time.  Well untill next week stay gold!
also go to www.busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com she has a linky for giveaways on Thursdays.  next week I will split this up so I can display the buttons and not leave anyone out.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

And the Winners were:National Book ,Pulitzer Prize and Orange Award Winners

Here are the 2010 winners of:

National Book Awards:


Fiction: "Lord Of Misrule" Jaimy Gordon

Nonfiction:"Just Kids" by Patti Smith

Fiction YA: "Mockingbird"by Kathryn Erskine

Poetry:"Lighthead" by Terrence Hayes

Pulitzer Prize:


Fiction:"Tinkers" by Paul Harding

Nonfiction:"The Deadhand:The Untold Story of the Cold Arms Race" by David E.Hoffman

Poetry: "Versed' by Rae Armantrout

Orange Awards:
"The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver
"The Boy Next Door" by Irene Sabatina (New Writer)

For more info about these awards :
National Book Awards
Pulitzer Prize
Orange Awards


Here's another challenge you may like:2nds Challenge


Good morning folks I couldn't resist this challenge because I feel a compulsive need to compare
an authors previous work to the current book.  However I am going for "Just a spoonful" which is
3 books and I should be able to fit this in with the rest of the challenges this year I really feel this will
get me to read more of the books I really enjoy this year(world literature,urban christian,mysteries
a little less suspense this year well maybe).  Stay tuned I am going to post Some books that won the National book awards,Pulitzer prizes and The Orange Awards

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler

Christmas at The Mysterious BookshopThe Mysterious Bookshop is considered the oldest and largest bookshop dedicated to mysteries.  Otto Penzler,founder and owner, started collecting books when he was in his 20's ,while working
as a copy boy at the Daily News.Out of the $37 dollars a week he would set aside $5 dollars for books.
(I applaud you I don't think I could set aside 10-12% of my income on books!)  In addiction to the book, he
publishes about 6 mysteries a year under Otto Penzler Books(an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)  he has
won 2 Edgar Awards one for "Encyclopedia of Mystery &Detection" which he edited with Chris Steinbrunner,
in 1977 and this past April for "The Lineup:The World's Greatest Crime Writers tell The Inside Story of their Greatest Detectives."  So even though he had to sell 2500 out of the 58,000 books first edition books that he owns,I still say he's doing pretty darn good for someone who spent part of his childhood without a tv!
I thought this book was a bit pretentious, at first ,however once I got a chance to delve into a bit more I
was pleasantly surprised by a few of the stories .   I really enjoyed Lawrence Block's"As Dark as Christmas Gets'  I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars.
FTC Disclosure:I would like to thank the Perseus Book Group for allowing me the chance to review this book,no I dont get paid but I am Amazon Associate.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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holiday schedule to post here.  A few things:

Grab my button out of the sidebar

I forgot to mention if you won any awards, or would like to mention something going on in
your local area as well as long as it's book related that's fine

Have fun!

Book Review:My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy was born October 26,1945 in Atlanta,Georgia to an air fighter pilot and
a southern beauty whose embarrassment over not finishing college would become the driving need
for her to encourage her kids to read and  for herself to"outread her generation".  His first book"The Boo"
while attending Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.  Mr. Conroy decided to write
from a more personal experience with the publication of "The Great Santini"  which was based upon the
abuse that he suffered at the hands of his father while growing up.  Pat Conroy paid the ultimate sacrifice
as a writer, while receiving alot of accolades in the literary world, it would cost him his first marriage and
possibly that of his parents. There are relatives that ,to this day, won't speak to him because of this book,but
he did what any writer would do , they press forward.  The Lord's of Discipline was published in 1980,Prince of
Tides was published in 1986 with 5 million copies in print(Nick Nolte would go on to win an Oscar for his
leading role in the movie),Beach Music was published in 1995,along with My Losing Season.  Fast forward
to today with My Reading Life ,an collection of essays that pay tribute to the teachers, writers, publishers etc..
that have heavily influenced his career.  While I thought it was an honorable thing to do ,unless you are
a huge Pat Conroy fan and would like to learn more about his writing process I am not sure if I would highly
recommend getting it .I gave it 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5.  Ftc Disclosure:  I would like to thank Doubleday for
allowing me the opportunity to review this book.  I don't receive money from them ,I am an Amazon Associate.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Book Review:Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer fans can rejoice.  This book is the perfect follow up to "Battlefield of the Mind" but  if you haven't read it you can still benefit  from reading this because:
Part I of the book lays down the foundation for why it would benefit you to change your negative thinking
she gives concrete facts in conjunction with scripture.   Chapter 2 Teach your mind to work for you, she introduces the concept of  having more control over your thoughts . For example:"According to the world renowned Mayo Clinic, thinking positively may result in the following health benefits:


  • Decreased negative stress
  • Greater resistance to catching the common cold
  • A sense of well being and improved health
  • reduced risk of coronary artery disease
  • Easier breathing if you have certain lung diseases such as emphysema
    • Improved coping  ability for women with high risk pregnancies
    • Better coping skills during hardships.
Chapter 3  More Power to You
page 46"....The greatest weapon you and I have is the truth of God's Word.IICor10:5 says we must lead
every thought captive into the obedience of Christ."

Chapter 4 On Purpose Thinking
page 62
"Let me be quick to say that you should not fell condemned if you are struggling with your thought lif right now or if you face struggles in the days to come.Condemnation only weakens you, and it never helps to make progress.

The remainder of the book is  illustrating each of  the 12 thoughts (based on the Word of God ) that will
have a positive impact  on your life.  Also I noticed there are more fill in the blank type questions in each
section so I think this is a good  idea .  You have an option of either taking 1 thought per week or 1 thought
per month.   The only reason I haven't completed the book is because I want to slow down and focus on
1 thought per month but that 's my preference.  I would highly recommend this book I am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.  I would also like to take this time to thank Faith Words which is a branch of the The Hatchett Book Group and no I don't receive any  money to write these reviews

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Link ups :Book Blog News,Postal Thursdays and Chrissie's Radiant Reviews-

OnePageAtATime

Book Blogger Hop

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If you would like to post links back to your book blog,book review,giveaways etc.... see the post below this one.
I believe the question over at Crazy-For-books is Which is more important plot or character?(I will go back and check and edit accordingly)   For me I feel character development ,especially for a work of fiction is crucial .It is the one determing  factor of whether I will actually finish the book.  I use to feel obligated to "tough it out" and read  on anyway.  But since I started blogging last year and have been blessed to read so
many good books in various genres, I really don't have the patience for character that is poorly developed .
A good example was "Alibi" by Terri Woods. For some reason the author felt the need  to go back and look
at the main character's mother's life but not  the main character!  She literally skipped birth,childhood,the
teenage years and went right into her adult life as a stripper!  Since I had no reason to feel any empathy for
this character.(and the plot wasn't great either) I didn't feel compelled to traumitize myself any further by
finishing the book.    If it's a mystery ,then I place a bit more weight on the plot.  Not to say characters aren't important it's just that the plot has to be at a different pace.  "In Free Fall" by Julie Zeh was one of the few
books that was a mystery that read like a novel(Use of imagery, better dialouge etc...)So what do you guys think?  Is it possible for a mystery to have both?  If plot is more important  does it matter what genre
Christmas at The Mysterious BookshopThis was the my book choice for "Postal Thursdays" over at One Page at a Time.  I  haven't gotten past the second story only because I wanted to catch up my other book reviews that I feel obligated to do first.    When my other books get in from Amazon I will definitely let you guys know.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good afternoon fellow addicts if you are looking for the place to link up your book blog, book reviews,giveaways,challenges, memes, then this the place.  Just a few things

1.Grab my button on the sidebar

2.  a worded link such as www.bookaddict4real.com is fine

3.  If you would like to list the genres you review this is ok also .  As long as it's book related and
family friendly then it's ok

Friday, December 10, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good Morning fellow addicts ! It's that time of the week again to share what's going on at your neck
of the  bloggy woods.  If you have a giveaway, a meme that you participate in , a fun challenge you found,
as long as it's book related you may post    Just a few things:

1. Grab my button from the sidebar.

2. a worded link in the post is acceptable(I.e www.bookaddict4real.com)

3.  I didn't think I had to say this but if it isn't book related I will be forced to delete it .  Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment so I can stop by your blog.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Link Ups:Book Blog News,Crazy-for-Books,The Literary hop, and Chrissie's Radiant Reviews

Book Blogger Hop

Literary Blog Hop



Good morning fellow book lovers!Don't forget to post links to your Book blog, giveaways,memes, etc....in the
post below this one.(Book Blog News)

The Question over at Crazy-for-Books.com is "What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere
did you not enjoy and how did  you feel about posting your  review?
I couldn't think of any books at first then "Alibi" by Terri Woods I was sorely disappointed that the author
was relying on violence and sex to sell the book.   The main character is a stripper who helps give an alibi to
a thug who murdered someone, which was a great premise but we spent more  time on her antics as a stripper than the actual storyline.  I felt a little  hesitant at first to post my review because this author has sold
alot of these types of books and I was still in that"I -dont-want-to-offend anyone-stage"  Then I thought  about how I would hate it if someone actual bought that book and I was not completely honest so I went ahead with the review.(Don't even bother checking this book out from the library it's horrible).

The Question over at the Literary Hop was:"What is your favorite poem and why?" One of my favorites is
"Phenomenal Woman"  by Maya Angelou probably because it was the first time I saw a literary work that actually celebrated being a woman (Im sure at the time I needed to hear that) and being confident in that fact.  

My book review:"Running the Books"by Avi Steinberg.  A few weeks ago we were discussing Literary Non-fiction for me this book definitely fit the category. It's a memoir that reads like a novel, with characters who are well devoloped.(I know these are real people , but  I can't tell yu how many memoirs I have read that didn't give me much background info about the other people in their lives) and I found the imagery to be a cruical part of the storytelling.  Does every memoir have to have that ? No ,but that is one of the factors that determine if it's a literary nonfiction  versus everyone else.  I think when your an everyday person writing about your life you have to do something to make people read about your life because not everyone can rely on their celebrity status to sell the book.  Why else would I care about some Boston Globe writer who decided to take a job as a Prison Library  because they had benefits?  He wrote it in such a way that I felt like I had no choice but to care about what happened to him and inmates and isn't that what a good writer is supposed todo?  I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.FTC Disclosure: I would like to take the time to thank Doubleday publishing  for allowing me an opportunity to review this book.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good afternoon fellow addicts I apologize for being late I am  running errands and this. So welcome and I would
like to thank everybody that took time out of their busy week to link up here I do appreciate it.
I only ask for a few things:

1.Grab my button in the sidebar.

2.  A worded link in your post is ok (I know how crowded things get )

3.I have a lot of space for you guys to tell us what's going on at your blog so please feel free to put
genres you review, your latest book review, book challenge you may do next year anything book related as
long as it's family friendly I am open(just don't post more than once because I will be forced to delete it)
Have fun

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And the winner is Sapphire Reads and Debbie(running the Books) and New Contest

Congradulations Debbie and Sapphire please email me your address to clsherrard.bookaddict@gmail.comMy Reading Life I am giving away 2 copies of this book the following rules apply:

1 .You must be a follower of the  blog to win a copy.

2. U.S residents only.

3.  Leave a good email address in  the comment section of this post so I can reach you faster.
Don't forget you only have 48 hours to respond( or I pick someone else from this comment section)
Thanks for playing!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How sweet Thanks Carolina(Writin block)

Thanks Carolina fromWrite with me was so kind to give me this award make sure you check her blog out.
Even thought I've won this before it still feels good to get it .  I believe I am suppose to mention 7 things about 
myself and give this to 15 people.   I will try to give this award to 15 people I haven't given this ,too.   Since I want time to think about who that should be I will come back and add their links to this post .(So don't be surprised if the list has grown).  I am a pretty transparent  person (On my other blog ) so it shouldn't be hard to think of   7 things you don't know about me.  For example:

1.  I use to love watching Speed Racer as a kid.

2.I have learned to cook Asian food because I think the Chinese buffets by my house are terrible!

3.One of my favorite books as a kid was Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass it's the only book I've read more than once.

4.I am happily  addicted to coffee.

5.  A Good day for me involves reading, and art journaling ( or scrapbooking)

6.I have lived in San Diego for a total of 8 years.

7.My favorite books are "House on Mango Street","The Bell Jar", and "The Bluest Eye"

The Versatile Award  goes to:




Don't forget to check out my guest post below this one!

Monday, November 29, 2010

First Ever Guest Post:Richard Sanders Author of "The Seventh Compass of Death"

How I kicked Drugs by writing by Ricard Sanders

    People who know me know my consumption of chemicals was pretty robust at one time.
Shooting crystal meth(1 1/2 years),dropping acid(200+times),smoking pot(daily,for years),
drinking alcohol(daily, for many ,many years)I had a nice mind-mess going ,and despite a little time in jail for the
sale of some of the above named substances,I had no intention of stopping.

    At one point during these early  years I decided I wanted to direct movies and videos, so I went to NYU
Film School. One of the mandatory courses  was Screenwriting 101.  I begged to get out of it-I had no talent
for telling stories-but mandatory is mandatory.  If you write, especially if you write fiction, you probably know
what happened the first time I tried to create something.  Even if you just read fiction, you know what I experienced
a kind of mesmerizing dream state, a kind of alchemical, mind-melting trance.  The blogger Laurel Marchfield
has a good post on writing as entrancement.   and I think entrancement is a good word for describing what
happens .  Even if you write non-fiction,when you're deeply into a text, you feel as if your head is turning butter,like it did when a story was read to you as a child.  In other words, I was getting high on writing.   Just like I'd get high on drugs.  In terms of finding  that entranced , lightly hypnotic,taken-away feeling,the writing high and the drug high have alot in common.

   Right away this presented a problem. I liked the writing high,I liked the drug high.  Trouble was , I couldn't do both at the same time.  The writing high is a controlled state.  The drug high is an uncontrolled state.  Whenever I tried to write when I was stoned I'd get a serious case of entrancement clash.
  So I had to decide between the two.  The choice might sound ridiculous now, but it was soul-searchingly serious at the time.  Eventually I went with writing it was free, it was legal, and you didn't have to carry a gun to cop it.  I think I reached the right decision.  Once I made up my mind,I never did drugs again.  I loved writing too much to let any bizarre drug static interfere.  alot of times in recovery they tell you to get addicted to something that won't kill you.  For me it was writing.  Not only did the word-high get me clean, in time it gave me the tools I needed to make a living as a magazine writer and editor.

   The alcohol?  That took a lot longer to kick.  The entrancement level of booze is nowhere near as powerful as the drugs, so there was no competition with the writing.  I had to use rehab and 12 steps to find my freedom.  But that's adifferent story, a different drug.  Still, I think my battle with the bottle was helped by my fight with the needle.  I'd chosen writing , and I'd  saved my life.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Crazy-For-books and Book blog news

Good morning fellow addicts I am still recovering from all that ham, Key lime pie etc...
If you are looking to post a link to your book blog, reviews,memes,giveaways, challenges then check out the post below this one(Book blog news) it's your opportunity tell us what's going on at your blog.

The question over at Crazy for books hop is what is your favorite book cover I was visiting other blogs to see if there was something I liked since I haven't had my morning coffee it's taking me alot longer  to make a decision so I'll just put atleast 3 of my favoritesGirl in TranslationShanghai Girls: A NovelThree Little Words: A Memoir
I have "Shangai Girls" I haven't got a chance to read it yet I am trying to catch up some reviews but the other two may be apart of the Outdo yourself challenge , of course I haven't decided yet.

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Good morning  and happy holidays my fellow book addicts if you are looking to post links back to your blog,book reviews, giveaaways, memes, challenges etc... you are at the right place.  A few things

1. Grab my button in the side bar or this post.

2,  A worded link in your post is fine ( i.e. www.bookaddict4real.com)

3 .  As long as it's family  friendly  and book related you may post ( and you may include the types of books you review for example www.bookaddict4real(Adult lit, Christian and mysteries)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Contest Giveaway 2 copies of "Running the Books" by Avi Steinberg

Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison LibrarianI did not forget I just got through putting my stuffing in the crock pot .

without further babbling.

1.You must be a follower of this blog to win a copy.

2.U. S residents only.

3.Please leave  an email in  the comment section of this post so I can speed up the process also let me know how you found out about the contest(I. e Book blogs ning, good reads, crazy- for -books etc....)

This book is also linked to www.sapphirereads.blogspot.comOnePageAtATime andwww.busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com Photobucket  andwww.iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com

For Postal Thursdays I did get "Running the Books " in the book to be reviewed  this fits under the literary nonfiction we talked about last week at the Literary Hop( which I will be taking part in next week )

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Velocity by Alan Jacobson

Velocity (Karen Vail)For those of you that are n't familiar with Alan Jacobson, this is a Karen Vail  novel so this is a part of a series.  The first thing that came to mind was Maggie O'Dell character(Alex Kava's character from Damaged),but trust me when I tell you the only similarity is that they are both female and work for the FBI!  Karen Vail's character is definitely tougher  with more "grit" if you will.Her boyfriend Robby Hernandez has been kindapped.Girfriend must be in love or sprung because  she had no problem going toe to toe with her boss so she could stay on the case.(Dont't worry ladies she quickly realized her bills wouldn't get paid without
a job and allowed herself to be put on another case.)Meanwhile, the Crush Killer a.k.a John Mayfield has
been caught but was shot while in custody by Detective Ray Lugo and had be put in a coma by the doctors.
Detective Lugo was killed by one of the ricochet bullets.His wife ,Merilynn Lugo won't say anything until she
is placed into the Federal Witness Protection.,which begs the question what was Ray doing that his family would feel the need to get protection?There isn't alot of time for our friend Robby. In the bed and breakfast he was last seen they've already found blood that may be his ,so there just isn't alot of time.Is their a connection between him and John Mayfield?  My overall impression: I was glad the author didn't assume that
I was familiar with this series and gave me enough details so I wouldn't feel totally lost.  I'm not super sure if I
was convinced that Karen Vail had been kidnapped because she didn't appear to have symptoms that people with PTSD  would normally have but  I did feel empathetic enough to keep reading.I felt the author's writing style was straight forward lace with a subtle kind of humor I gave this book 4 and a 1/2 stars out of 5 .
I would also like to thank Julie H. at Fsb media for giving me an opportunity to review this book and here's
a link to the author's website.www.AlanJacobson.com

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

Could a well respected man, a lawyer with a wife and child literally get up one day and walk away?The Unnamed      tLiterary Blog HopI don't mean a  baby-I-found-someone else type of walking away . Could he have a "disease"
that would force him to walk against his will? Could he have this condition that doctors can't even explain?One that's not a mental issue?  Ok that last question was a bit of a stretch but go with me here.  On the surface of the story it seems plausible ....at first.,but it's the wife's reaction  to the situation ,the willingness to pick him up at all hours of the night,the moments of debating on whether or not to stay or get out while she can,it's all these things that pull you in and convince you that it's really happening.By the time I am thoroughly convinced it is some illness I've never heard of before  the story takes a turn  in the last 1/4 of the book.That
and the indeterminate ending left me etertained but a little unsatisfied.  The writer's style is rhythmic,engaging,and  thought provoking.  I would have no problem giving this book 4out of 5 stars.
I would like to thank the Hatchette Book Group for allowing me the opportunity to review the book and no I
don't get money to do so .  If you are coming from Chrissie's corner or the Literary Hop then Hello and please leave a comment so I can visit you today.

The question from the Literary Hop was "Can a nonfiction work be literary? If so how do you define it?
Funny that they asked this question because the book I am currently reading"Running the Books"by Avi Steinberg this definitely fits the category.    It's a memoir he started out writing features for the Boston Globe,
then writing obituaries and eventually a prison librarian(which ironically had better benefits!).  He has a good use of imagery that you would normally find in a work of fiction and for me that is what would make it literary.
(You can post links to your book blog,review, memes etcc. in the post below this one.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Blog News:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc right here

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Hello fellow book addicts! If you are looking to post links to your blog,giveaways,book reviews,memes,etc..
Then look no further!
A few things:

a)Grab my button in the sidebar.

b) A worded link in your post is acceptable as well(I.e. www.bookaddict4real.com)

c)Have fun!

Totally Postal Thursdays Drown by Junot Diaz

DrownI go this little beauty in the mail just the other day from Amazon.  So now I forgive them for
messing up the order in the first place.    I was going to include this in the Orbus Terrarum Challenge  but it's probably too late, so I may roll it over to a TBR Challenge in 2011.It's killing me not to read it.... well I did
read a few pages and I had to really stop myself because I still go some books to review but yeah me I finally got it!  I will post the Contest on Wed 11/24/10 and the deadline won't be until Nov 30th since people ,like
me will be overeating next week ,I decided to allow for extra time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

And the winners are Janet and Stephanie

Congradulations you won a copy of "Power Thoughts" by Joyce Meyer
Please email me at clsherrard(dot)bookaddict(at)gmail(dot)com
with your address(no PO boxes) within the next 48 hours

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Winner for Velocity

I haven't heard from my contest winner so I had to pull another winner
nfmgirl you won please contact me clsherrard(dot)bookaddict(at)gmail(dot)com.
You only have 48 hours to respond thanks for your cooperation

Friday, November 12, 2010

Crazy-for-books and The Literary Hop

Dont forget you can post links to your book blog,reviews, giveaways,etc...In the post below this one
I am giving away  2 copies of "Power Thoughts" by Joyce Meyer (2 post down) and the Review for "Miles From Nowhere" by Nami Mun is below that .   Geez  Louise I need to organize my time!
WithBook Blogger Hopout further babbling:
It's that time of the week again and this week's question comes from The Paperback Princess  "If you find a book that is interesting but is a part of a series , do you always start with the first title?"  Back in the day when the Bookmobile use to come to my elementary school I use to read everything in the Nancy Drew series or the Beverly Cleary  books about Ramona .(I realize I give away my age when I write things like this!)
I tried to follow along with "The Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket when my oldest was in like the 6th or 7th grade but what I 've come to realize that unless it's James Patterson's books or Alan Jacobson
where they can stand alone  I really suck at keeping up with any series. I don't know maybe it's an adult form of adhd
Literary Blog Hop  I just found this hop recently This week's question comes from Debbie Nance at Readerbuzz "What is the most difficult literary work you've ever read?What made it so difficult"  The most difficult one for me was "Song Of Solomon" by Toni Morrison. I already read "The Bluest Eye" and "Sula" so I thought this would be a cake walk.(NOt!)  If you didn't really slow down and pay attention to the details you would not understand the train of thought the book was going in.  So I turned that bad boy back to the library quick,fast and in a hurry!  Later I rechecked it out and took my time with it and it turned out to be a good decision.   If you check out my posts this week I linked back to other memes it's just
that I really detest long posts and this is dangerously close to being one of them . Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

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Hello fellow book lovers! If you 're looking  to post links to your book blog,book reviews,memes, giveaways
or other book related news then you have come to the right place.
Remember:

Grab my button

A worded link is acceptable( I.e www.bookaddict4real.com)

Have fun!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Winner of Velocity ,New Contest and Postal Thursday

congradulations Grig you won the book Please email me at clsherrard(dot)bookaddict(at)gmail(dot)com
I tried to reach you on your email but please contact me within 48 hours.

New Contest: 2 copies of "Power Thoughts"by Joyce Meyer
the rules:
1. You must be a follower of this blog.
2. Open to U.S and Canada residents
3.  Please leave your email address in the comment section of this post so I can reach you quicker
and let me know how you found out about the contest (ie Twitter, Good Reads,etc...)

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Don't forget to stop bywww.sapphirereads.blogspot.com tommrow for Postal Thursdays.   Every week
we talk about what we got in the mail , I got "Power Thoughts " by Joyce Meyer which is the follow up
to "Battlefield of the Mind"   .  Stop by tommrow night  to link up your book blog,book reviews,memes etc...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Book review:Miles from No Where(orbus terrarum challenge)

Miles from Nowhere  Synopsis:Rather than face the aftermath of her parent's divorce and her mother's fragile mental state  ,Joon, decides to face life on the mean streets of the Bronx,Ny.Even in the 1980's this proves
to be a  near fatal mistake.  Among the many accolades this book received ,it was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers in April 2009.

About the Orange Award:The Orange Award was started by a committee of men and women in the publishing industry that wanted to bring attention to women writers who were often overlooked.  Four original
committe members are still deeply involved,Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction Project Director Harriet
Hastings,publisher Susan Sandon,agent Jane Gregory ,Honary Director and author Kate Mosse.  The first prize was awarded to Helen Dunmore for "A spell of Winter".  Diana Evans was awarded the first Orange Award for New Writers in 2005.

My overall impression:  I loved  every second of reading this book!  It has the amount of imagery I crave and
a very good use of plot (which I've noticed you don't always get both)Ms.Mun's style was prose like,fresh and intoxicating. I would definitely recommend this book I  would give it more than 5 stars but 5 is the most 
I give anyone.  Since the author was born in Korea this counts for my orbus terrarum challenge. I am linking up this review with www.chrissiescorner.co.uk(Radiant Reviews on Friday) and www.thebluebookcase.blogspot.com for the Literary Hop this weekend.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

No rules Saturday blog hop

 Literary Blog Hop
I found this hop over at Book blog ning  it sounds interesting . My answer for the question over at the blue bookcase(You can click the buttons to visit them)  "What makes a book literary?   For me a book has to have a strong use of imagery and good use of plot.  For example "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison,The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisnernos and my new favorite "Miles from Nowhere" by Nami Mun
which won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2009.(I will have the review for this next week).Another quality which I think is important but not mandatory is that after reading it you are forced to think differently
about not only the characters but ,at the risk of sounding really corny here,life itself.If anyone is stopping by from either of these hops leave a comment and I will stop by to visit you! Until we meet again .
cheryl aka bookaddict4real

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Link ups;Radiant Reviews,Crazy-for-books and Postal Thursdays

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Don't forget to post links to your book blog,book reviews,memes,giveaways,etc...in the post below!
 


I feel like I am trying to make up for lost time!  Chrissie's Blog she has a weekly meme called Radiant Reviews which I enjoy because it's trying to promote the Book Reviews we do which sometimes get overlooked.  One of my favorite reviews I did was the "The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz.  He won the Pulizter Prize for this book in 2008 I believe.  His characters resonated with me deeply  long after I finished the book I also felt like I learned alot  about the Dominican Republic which is a bonus.I would highly recommend this book.(For the full review of this book see the Dec 21 2009 post)  Now on to Crazy-For-Books  I believe the question was how do you feel when you lose a follower?   I am going to be totally transparent here the first time it happened it bothered me alot!  I had just posted a review on a Christian book and that same day I lost a follower!  I am not going
to stop being a Christian just to get followers,but I was concerned that I had offended someone.  I actually
gained 4 or 5 followers  a few days later so I could laugh at it later!  The important thing is to post  reviews of books that I enjoy first and foremost ,if someone happens to like the types of books I review then great,but if
they don't .... to each his own I guess.  I become more concerned with trying to please myself(at the risk of sounding selfish). I cant please everyone because then  it becomes loathsome and it's just not as much fun.  Let's face it why in the world would I do this for free if I didn't just absolutely love it?

On Saphires's blog is a weekly meme called Postal Thursdays where we discuss what we got in the mailbox this week  I just recently got a  copy of "The Truth abou Delilah Blue" By Trish Cohen which I had been fiending for  and "Shangai Girls" by Lisa See. (Thanks Amazon)    I don't  know which one I will review first but once I get unpacked all the way I  can then  better organize my time.  Well untill next week stay gold!
also go to www.busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com she has a linky for giveaways on Thursdays.  next week I will split this up so I can display the buttons and not leave anyone out.

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